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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 2, 2009 3:22pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Need Information

OK, on my earlier post,"Yet more monsters", I submitted a list of movies I'd like to put up. An interesting conversation took place. As much as i enjoyed the chat, it just occurred to me that the question I had never got answered, which was, are any/all/none of these flicks safe to upload? Do you find the answers on the IMDB website or are there other sources of information I need to check out? Anyway, here's the list again, hope I,m not being to much of a pest:

BRAIN OF BLOOD
BRIDES OF BLOOD
THE RATS ARE COMING, THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE
THE BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS
OFFERINGS
FEVERLAKE
DAWN OF THE MUMMY
DEAD EYES OF LONDON (GERMAN)
THE GHOST
THEY SAVED HITLERS BRAIN
ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE
MY SON, THE VAMPIRE

I know it's a good sized list, but I've found about half of what I'd like to put up generally is still under copyright, and I like to play it safe.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: May 2, 2009 5:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

Asking about movie copyright is the main reason for the Forums. You're certainly no pest. IMO, the best copyright info on the 'net about films can be found here. Video-Cellar, chuncha, and some others provide reliable info. Copyright info about movies released after 1978 and copyright renewals for movies made after 1950 can be researched online at USCO, though it's often hard for me to divine the status of some films.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: May 2, 2009 5:41pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

This is what I can find for these films

Public Domain:
DEAD EYES OF LONDON (GERMAN) Never reg'd for GATT
THE GHOST Never registere for GATT
ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE Not renewed
MY SON, THE VAMPIRE Never reg'd or renewed first release in USA. Not eligible for GATT.

Copyright:
BRAIN OF BLOOD Registered PA833817 1971, Renewed RE810239 1999
BRIDES OF BLOOD Registered PA836918, Renewed RE753547 1996
OFFERINGS Registered PAu001163162 1988
FEVERLAKE Registered PAu002122560 1996
THEY SAVED HITLERS BRAIN PA538985 1963 under alt title "Madmen of Mandoras."

Hard to Judge
THE RATS ARE COMING, THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE
THE BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS
DAWN OF THE MUMMY
The 2 Andy Milligans have a were never registered or renewed. The versions of these films I have have drop in title cards that include "Copyright MCMLXX Constitution Films" The only question with these films in whether they were originally published with these title cards. If they were, they are copyright. If they weren't and there was no copyright notice on the original cards than they are public domain. Other Milligan films from the time that were also made for Mishkin had no copy notices so I would assume the prints now on DVD had these titles added.
"Dawn of the Mummy" was never registered for copyright. I have no copy to reference so you need to look for a valid copy notice in the front or end titles. Valid copy notice needs to include the word copyright or the copyright logo but not (c). The year of publication. Any date more than one year from publication is invalid. For this movie it needs to be 1981. And the copyright owning entity. This information needs to all be on one line. For example it might be "Copyright 1981 Dawn of the Mummy Co." Currently this film is only distributed by Madacy Entertainment who, while they mostly release PD stuff, does have an exclusive US license with the company who originallty distributed this movie (Harmony Gold).

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 2, 2009 6:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

Thank you both for your help. VC - if the Andy Milligan films you that you mentioned you have are the Video Kart editions, they are supposed to be digitally restored copies, so there might be some issue. Those are what I have so I think I'll let that source alone. I do have an underground edition of "Rats..." that's fairly decent so I might just upload that one. Since I made this post I've taken it upon myself to try to navigate the USCO website. It didn't take me too long to find out what I wanted to, and my results weren't much different from yours. So again, thank you. I'll have 'em up as soon as I can.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 2, 2009 7:35pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

I also double-checked for "Puppet People" and "My son.." and did find valid copyrights on both, so I think I'll pass on them as well. Your help has been top shelf, though.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: May 2, 2009 8:29pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

Sorry about Puppet people, I rechecked and got a renewal. I had checked all alternate titles. But I must have typed in the original title wrong.

My Son The Vampire was first published in the US in 1958 and then reissued in 1959 and 1963. The only renewal on the film is for the 1963 reissue lodged in 1991. To secure the extended term of copyright they needed to file for renewal by 1986. So that renewal is invalid but was filed by USCO because of the distributers ommission of the original publication date. So, the movie is safe to upload.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 3, 2009 12:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

OK. Thank you. I tend to lean towards the side caution so if I have doubts I usually hold off. I'll see about getting that one up, too.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 3, 2009 12:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Need Information

OK. Thank you. I tend to lean towards the side caution so if I have doubts I usually hold off. I'll see about getting that one up, too. I just realized that this film was released previously under the titles of "Vampire Over London" and "Mother Riley Meets The Vampire".